The patient with the nails in his head now has a tumor in his brain. He has a choice of two procedures with different time prognoses. He is presented with the facts and is left to make a decision.
Season 1 Episode 4
1. To what extent does memory contribute to one’s personal identity? What other features of a human being are responsible for defining a personal identity?
2. Should doctors only provide patients with the facts of the patient’s medical condition, the treatment, and its risks and benefits? Or, should doctors also speak to the value considerations at stake (including personal identity, etc.)? How can doctors raise the relevant value considerations without influencing the patient’s ultimate decision?